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macOS Monterey compatibility: Apple drops support for older Macs

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  • Support for most Mac models from 2013 has ended.
  • You will need any MacBook model from 2015 or later to update to macOS Monterey.

Apple has stopped supporting many older Mac models with the release of macOS Monterey, available to install on Monday. The full compatibility list can be viewed below.

  • MacBook – 2016 and later
  • MacBook Pro – early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air – early 2015 and later
  • iMac – late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro – late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini – late 2014 and later

This differs from macOS Big Sur quite substantially. MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from 2013 and 2014 have been dropped from support, meaning they won’t be able to update to macOS Monterey. You also need an iMac from 2015 and later and a 2016 or newer MacBook.

Mac Pro models from 2013 will continue to support the latest updates, although this will likely be the final year of support for it. Mac mini users running a 2014 model will also be able to update.

While older Macs will no longer receive the latest features moving forward, devices running the most recent versions of macOS (macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur) will continue to get security fixes.

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